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Bosworth Hits Ground Running

Judi Bosworth indicated in an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News that the town is awaiting results of the financial and operational audit of the town’s Clinton G. Martin Park District. 

 

Nassau County is conducting the audit. The investigation stems from 2011, when Comptroller George Maragos asked to analyze the park district’s records citing misappropriated funds alleged by district residents.

 

In February 2013, a State Supreme Court appellate decision ruled the county could do the audit. The town appealed, arguing the audit was unconstitutional, but was denied.

 

“The audit is taking place,” Bosworth said during an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. Bosworth lives in a special park district. “I believe the records that have been asked for have been given to the comptroller. I guess we’re all waiting for the results.

I can understand the concerns the North New Hyde Park community had.”

 

Bosworth hit the ground running after she was sworn in New Year’s Day and underwent a “trial by snow” as it snowed and snowed again.

 

Bosworth embraced a new challenge, as she had to make sure the 600 miles of roads in North Hempstead were clear and safe. “The town staff is extraordinary, they all pulled together,” she said. The very first day, Bosworth began to meet with staff members and began to develop strategies to remove snow quickly. The parks department “worked almost non-stop,” she said.

 

And then, of course, the snowstorms brought about another problem: potholes. The public is urged to call the town at 311 whenever they spot one and Bosworth said that her policy is to repair a pothole within 48 hours of a report coming in. For those few whose call to 311 ends up as a call to New York City’s 311, those calls should instead be made to 869-6311 in order to reach North Hempstead. 

 

As for money needed for pre-storm and post-storm issues, Bosworth did note that “money spent on storms will impact the way we look at the budget.”

 

As Boworth stepped into her new job, she was well aware of the criticisms regarding the town’s building department and permits and she put remediation plans as a top priority. Bosworth immediately hired an applicant advocate, Lauren Summa, whose job is to look

into building department permits and help move them along. In addition, mobile building department offices have been set up. “And we are doing a top-to-bottom analysis,” Bosworth said, adding that she will make very sure that the corruption discovered years ago will not crop up again. She also said that she wants to be sure that the building department is “an advocate, not an adversary... we are here to be sure that people are all treated with respect.”

 

Bosworth has pushed making the town board meetings more accessible to residents. Since taking office, she has pushed for the meetings to be streamed live via computer, tablet, or cell phone. Town residents can go to the town’s website and click the icon for live streaming. The  live video of the proceedings kicked off at the February’s Town meeting and 79 people tuned in. Bosworth also moved public comment time at town meetings to the top of the agenda instead of at the end. 

 

And there is more to come, as Bosworth looks ahead. She plans to build on the works her two immediate predecessors, May Newburger and Jon Kaiman, especially noting the 311 phone number and Project Independence (for senior citizens). Stating that “the seniors are the ones who built this town,” and noting the importance of senior citizen projects, Bosworth emphasized her desire for more programs for young families. 

 

With a very full first few months and a very full agenda ahead for the years ahead, Bosworth has a lot to do. But as she told the Illustrated News,  “It’s an honor to do this job.”

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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